Recent cyberattacks making headlines have overshadowed another serious threat to cybersecurity -- data manipulation. This type of attack is used to change sensitive information and can go undetected, bringing serious risks to health care organizations, banks and government agencies, writes Betsy Cooper of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is scheduled to hold a hearing on Nov. 29 to discuss President Donald Trump's nomination of former Eli Lilly and Co. executive Alex Azar for HHS secretary. Azar, who previously served as HHS general counsel and then deputy secretary during President George W. Bush's administration, will likely face questions about his time as a pharmaceutical executive and his plans for the Affordable Care Act.
Playing a virtual reality game was as effective as participating in more physical therapy sessions in helping stroke patients recover motor function, researchers reported in Neurology. Study author Iris Brunner said VR games could be used as a supplement to -- not as a replacement for -- physical therapy and other stroke care.
Wearable biometric monitors that combine heart rate sensors with machine learning algorithms can detect hypertension and sleep apnea in the wearer, according to research from the University of California at San Francisco and startup Cardiogram.
The latest figures from the CMS show that almost 1.5 million shoppers selected Affordable Care Act plans in the first two weeks of enrollment this year, nearly 500,000 higher than in the same period last year. Among this year's enrollees are 345,719 who are new to the exchange, compared with 246,433 a year ago.
Seventy-five percent of health care organizations reported offering or planning to provide telemedicine options in 2017, 53% of which intend to expand such services, despite 87% of those surveyed in 2014 saying they were not expecting the majority of their patients to be using telemedicine by 2017, according to a Foley & Lardner poll. The survey also showed that 22% provided international telemedicine, and 32% expressed interest in exploring global expansion.
A study in JAMA Dermatology showed that smartphone photos provided by parents can be used to diagnose skin conditions in children, with photograph-based diagnosis and in-person diagnosis having an overall concordance of 83%. Researchers evaluated data from a randomized clinical trial of 40 patient-parent pairs and found that parents were willing to use teledermatology rather than wait for an in-person appointment.
The HHS Office of Inspector General will accept until Nov. 29 responses to its request for information regarding a cloud-ready enterprise platform for big data analytics. The solution must be able to analyze multiple large structured or unstructured datasets and identify relationships between datasets, and it should also include data visualization, query, filter and machine learning tools.
A proposed settlement agreement from CliniComp states that it will drop its legal complaint against the Department of Veterans Affairs if the agency conducts a benchmark test to determine whether the company's existing EHR software meets or exceeds the VA's requirements for interoperability. CliniComp says the VA's decision to give a no-bid contract to Cerner for replacing its VistA EHR violates federal regulations.
Geisinger is beginning a nationwide precision health initiative to expand its model of integrating data science and genomics into precision health care and to establish partnerships and ventures with organizations throughout the US. The program will integrate Geisinger's EHR data and promote its MyCode Community Health Initiative, which stores and codes the DNA of community members.
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